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Clown Peckoltia is an ideal species for the small to medium community aquarium. Endemic to the tannic Apuré and Caroní River basins of Venezuela. In young Clown Pleco, the dark brown body is decorated with bright orange to white striping. As the fish matures, the base colour becomes brighter. These fish are not as readily available as other plecos, thus, the higher price tag. 

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Features of Clown Peckoltia:

  • They have alternating wavey or straight stripes of deep brown and light beige, brown with orange hues
  • The eyes are large and bulbous and giving the fish a unique look
  • The Clown Peckoltia has a set of large rayed fins
  • Grows to 10cm


Best Aquarium Size for Clown Peckoltia:

Clown Peckoltia can do well in a tank of 100L or larger. However, it depends on the size of your pleco. Also, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. 

Suitable aquariums to consider include:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Clown Peckoltia can be kept in community tanks. They are peaceful towards other peaceful smaller species. If keeping multiple together, ensure plenty of space and provide caves and territories for each to claim. Do not add larger or more active bottom-dwellers. Because of the passive nature of the Clown Peckoltia, it’s often out-competed for food.

Here are some great tank mates:


Clown Peckoltia do best on a high-protein diet. Feed them algae wafers, flakes and sinking pellets. They also accept treats like live or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and insect larvae. Vegetables such as zucchini can be fed once a week.

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Pleco Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Water quality is vital. This fish produces a large amount of waste, so an excellent filter is essential. Cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size. 

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Air Pumps or Bladders

Air pumps or bladders are recommended. Clown Peckoltia like a stronger current, so make sure the filter’s outlet can meet that need. You can search for an ideal Pump for your tank in our online shop.

Aquarium Plants

There are no strict cultivars that these fish prefer. So, get creative and add a variety of plants that fit this environment. Floating plants or large-leaved plants like java fern are all good choices for your pleco tank. Pleco's enjoy shaded areas and places to hide, this makes them feel safe.

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Aquarium Decorations

These cave-dwellers will appreciate a replication of their natural habitat, and that means you have the option of adding rock structures, pleco caves, and driftwood. Creating caves enables your fish to feel safe and claim territory. This species requires wood in their diet to aid digestion, so adding driftwood to your aquarium is essential.

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Aquarium Lighting

These fish enjoy lower light levels with lots of shade and dark spaces to hide. If keeping live plants, they will need sufficient light to grow.

Standard aquarium lighting is appropriate. Shop aquarium lighting here.

Aquarium Substrate

Aquarium sand is ideal for plecos as they are bottom dwellers and will forage through substrate for food. If you prefer to use gravel, use a smooth and rounded gravel to protect their bodies.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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